There has been a lot of press recently about the supposed link between the use of 3G pitches containing SBR rubber crumb and the likelihood or otherwise of being exposed to an increased cancer risk. There is overwhelming research from 2007 to 2015 suggesting there is no link and this is infact an old story which the UK press have got hold of from the US press back in 2014.
The news that in the USA the Environmental Protection Agency together with other agencies have been provided with $1,000,000 in funding to investigate this issue is of interest and should provide a robust study for us to rely on?
That said as responsible manufacturers, contractors, designers, specifiers and Test Institutes we all want to offer owners, Local Authorities, Clubs, School, Leisure Trusts, Facilities Management Companies a way of identifying any risk that they may perceive is associated with the use of 3G pitches containing black SBR rubber crumb. The only sure way to assess the risk is to TEST IT of course! The USA has embraced an EN method 71-3 which is designed to assess children's toys for toxic content (ideally strict to be a good measure of rubber safety). Your Clients therefore do have a method of satisfying themselves and meeting their duty of care with regards to providing safe surfaces for their Clients to use, take note!